The Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Spirits
Updated: Sep 10, 2020
“Be Among the First to Experience ProCocktails Exquisite Range of NON-ALCOHOLIC COCKTAILS”
At ProCocktails we are hugely proud of our reputation as a fiercely innovative cocktail company. Our skilled mixologists are well-known for producing traditional cocktails that are individually mixed using premium spirits and liqueurs with blended with fresh juices and garnishes.
But now, something new has evolved as we announce an exciting new range of refreshing, smooth-tasting Non-Alcoholic Cocktails. These are smooth-tasting beverages, mixed to the same exacting standards as our traditional cocktails but without the alcohol content.
These cool refreshing cocktails are aptly described as:
“… drinks that look like spirits and share many of the same characteristics but without the alcohol content”.
Non-alcoholic cocktails are set to become a revelation. They allow drivers, pregnant women, those on medication and young people, under the age of 18, to enjoy the satisfaction that comes with experiencing a full-flavour cocktail – but without the booze.
At last everyone can enjoy the smooth taste and full flavour of zero-proof, cocktails.
Those that that prefer not to drink alcohol can now have the benefits of a sensational cocktail that is zero-proof instead of having to choose an uninspiring alternative such as carbonated mineral water, fruit juice or alcohol-free beer and wine.
Join the new drinks revolution
Non-alcoholic cocktails are set to be a revelation. Around 30 non-alcoholic producers in the UK, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Australia and South Africa have already launched products around the world. These inspirational drinks are already receiving great acclaim in bars and restaurants, but now ProCocktails offers you the opportunity to experience great non-alcoholic cocktails when you hire us for your private party, product launch, sales conference or any other special event or celebration. And, because they are 100% alcohol-free, even the children can enjoy these cocktails.
In September 2018, The Restaurant magazine proclaimed:
“The market for zero-proof spirits is booming, meaning it’s never been easier to serve sophisticated non-alcoholic drinks”.
“Forget gin or vodka … the current buzzword is ‘no”’.
Ben Branson, the innovative founder of Seedlip, has said: “There has been an avalanche of noise and activity – it has been meteoric”. Founded in 2015, is already supplying its products to 5,000 establishments in 20 countries. The company refers to itself as … “a Nature Company on a mission to change the way the world drinks with the highest quality non-alcoholic options”.
What can you expect from a Non-Alcoholic Cocktail?
The answer is simple – you will experience a cocktail that:
Looks like a cocktail
Tastes like a cocktail
Is mixed the same as a cocktail
Is presented just like a cocktail
The only difference is that it is entirely ALCOHOL-FREE!
What goes into Non-Alcoholic Cocktails?
ProCocktails’ new range of futuristic non-alcoholic beverages are precision mixed and blended to suit your taste and desires. They are created using a combination of mixers and carefully selected natural ingredients that include herbs, shrubs, brines, berries, teas, salts and fresh fruits. These combine to create exotic zero-proof beverages that can be dry, sour, bitter or savoury.
Using earth’s natural ingredients
Many non-alcoholic cocktails are steam distilled in a similar way to gin and contain natural ingredients that include botanicals.
The Oxford English Dictionary definition of botanicals is: Relating to botany. A substance obtained from a plant and used typically in medicinal or cosmetic products.
… The base spirits used in non-alcoholic cocktails contain various natural ingredients.
Seedlip produces what it describes as … “three unique and complex blends: Spice 94, Garden 100 and Grove 42 that are served with tonic or mixed to create sophisticated non-alcoholic cocktails”.
Here is what the company founder, Ben Branson says about his spirits.
Spice 94 is “… a complex blend of aromatic Jamaican allspice berry & cardamom with two barks & a bright citrus finish”. Served with tonic and garnished with red grapefruit peel.
Garden 100 is “… a floral blend of hand-picked peas and homegrown hay from the Seedlip founder, Ben Branson’s Farm. With traditional garden herb distillates in celebration of the English countryside”. To serve, add tonic & sugar snap pea to garnish.
Grove 42 is ”… a zesty and complex, citrus-forward blend of three types of orange & uplifting spice distillates”. To served add tonic & a twist of orange peel.
There is so much to rave about as non-alcoholic cocktails are increasing in popularity.
A short guide to non-alcoholic spirits
Each producer is putting their twist to their products but you’ll probably need to check out our glossary to discover the wide variety of natural botanicals that are combined during the distilling processes.
Created by British racing driver, Hamish Gordon, The Driver’s Tipple is aiming its products, as the name suggests, to those that would like to drink a full flavoured beverage but without the alcohol, by promoting its range as uncompromising spirits with “all the flavours of a traditional London Dry Gin, just without the alcohol”. The spirits are distilled using a precise blend of juniper, angelica, cardamom, coriander, ginger, grapefruit and mint.
“NOT DRINKING JUST GOT INTERESTING” is the headline created by Three Spirit Drinks for its green bottled “elixir” made from natural botanical distillates without any artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners. The manufacturers describe the spirit thus: “Full bodied chocolate notes with grassy herbal undertones. Naturally sweet with a bite”. The list of ingredients is impressive: extract of lion’s mane, cacao, damiana, yerba mate, tulsi, passion flower, green tea, caraway seed, dark amber agave, coconut vinegar and molasses.
In marketing their beverage, Silk Tree Botanics founders, Andrew and Tracy describe their product as “a non-alcoholic, sugar-free, zero-fat beverage … a deliciously refined alternative for you to say yes to”. Silk Tree is a non-alcoholic gin alternative distilled from alcohol-free Irish spirit that can be served just by adding tonic or mixed with other ingredients to create exotic mouth-watering alcohol-free cocktails.
Spirit of Virtue is a producer that is distilling what it refers to as “hangover free” alcohol-free gin. Calling its spirit Chastity, the company has launched two seductive versions; ‘Seduction’ and ‘Temptation’. Seduction is a sweet tasting, mellow beverage with the addition of handpicked ingredients. The light blush coloured beverage is light is described as an alternative to pink gin, with: “A depth of flavour and hint of heady perfume rose petals, and whole tropical hibiscus flowers to a classic London Dry flavoured core”. Meanwhile, Temptation is a lively zesty London Dry with the flavour of kaffir lime leaves with “creamy citrus perfume undertones of pepper, lemon and the subtlest hint of cardamom.
The Danish distiller, Herbie Virgin, boldly claims to be the producer of the world’s first non-alcoholic gin. The company informs us that we “…we shouldn’t expect to drink Herbie Virgin clean and get the taste and texture of alcohol. But, if you use it in drinks, it comes very close to ‘the real deal’”.
Distilled botanicals enhance the taste of the spices to give a more complex and exciting aftertaste and smell, different it taste to the effect of letting herbs draw in water. According to Herbie Gin, this is: “one of the secrets of ‘cheating’ the senses to believe there is alcohol in the glass”.
It must be said; ISH Spirits are not entirely alcohol-free. The Copenhagen based distiller claims a small amount, (0.5% in fact), is needed during the process to bring out the full flavour. The clue that its spirits are ultra-low in alcohol are, is perhaps, in the name of its two products – GinISH and RumISH. The drinks have an ultra-low-calorie content of 6 kcal per 100ml and contain no sugar, so they must be good for the waistline!
After deciding to embark in a 100-day alcohol-free challenge, Morten, the ISH founder, summed up the ethos of non-alcoholic cocktail drinking. “During the time I realised there was an absolute need to turn the tables on the social norms of drinking. I wanted to provide an alcohol-free option to those who don’t always have the desire to drink alcohol but appreciate the social aspects of enjoying a cocktail”.
The creator of the Everleaf, Paul Mathew, who owns The Hide in London, regards his drink as a non-alcoholic aperitif. As a conservation biologist and bartender with a long family connection to botany and the environment, Mathew looked for something he felt was missing from other non-alcoholic beverages – texture. The solution to his quest was in an unusual Chinese botanical – konjac (or Voodoo Lily) – that gives the drink its silky-smooth texture.
From its home on England’s Southwest coast, Sea Arch relies on a local under-water botanical, sea kelp, to give its spirit a “distinctive tang of the sea”. The drink acquires its unique taste by the addition of juniper berries, cardamom, angelica root, cucumber, grapefruit and blood orange. Unlike most other non-alcoholic spirits, Sea Arch removes the alcohol after distilling has taken place leaving what it describes as “a pure, evocative flavour”.
“Naturally delicious grown-up drinks with no alcohol” is how Tom Tuke-Hastings describes his creation. Designed to be a base drink for refreshing cocktails, Borrago Paloma Blend obtains its bluey-purple shade from borage, one of the six individually distilled botanicals that formulate the spirit. The company does not use alcohol at any stage in the steam-distilling process, to qualify the drink for Halal accreditation.
Alt-gin is the name given to a distinct spirit produced by Craig and Maria, a husband-wife team from the Western Cape of South Africa. With three brands, Cedar’s Classic, Cedar’s Crisp and Cedar’s Wild, Ceder’s uses juniper berries, coriander, ginger, camomile, citrus and cloves with exotic South African botanicals including rooibos and buchu. The ingredients are bottled in Sweden (Maria’s homeland) after being blended with pristine local water.
Fluère emphasises the healthy body options of drinking non-alcoholic spirits that contain Himalayan juniper (positive for kidneys and bladder) and Casablanca coriander with its positive effects on the intestines. Juniper, Fluère proclaims, also keeps away evil spirits, describing itself as “spirito non alcolico”. Lavender from Provence, Mediterranean lemon peel, coriander seeds and juniper are distilled in a copper pot still using a hydro-steam method to produce the spirit.
In the what founder, Alex Carlton, describes as “zero-proof spirits for the next generation of partygoers, Stryyk offers three distinct products; Stryyk Not Rum, Stryyk Not Vodka and Stryyk Not Gin that clearly defines the nature of the drinks, but without the alcohol and without sugar, fat, artificial flavours and allergens.